Congratulations on Submitting your Unemployment Claim!

Claim Submitted

Now that you’ve submitted your claim, according to the The federal Department of Labor’s website says that you can expect your first unemployment check two or three weeks after you apply, as long as you submit all of the required information, and no follow-up is necessary.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive unemployment benefits you will need to be actively searching for full-time work and provide a strategic work search plan with “Acceptable” work search activities. All of the work search information you provide must be true and accurate. Intentionally giving false statements about work search activities constitutes fraud and can result in loss of benefits, overpayments on your claim, and criminal prosecution.

During this time that you’re waiting, you MUST:
1. actively search for full-time work using “Acceptable” work search activities AND
2. keep a work search log to be eligible for unemployment benefits.

We’ve put together some general instructions for you below.

Document Work Search Activities:

You must document that you completed at least your minimum number of required activities every week. A common mistake most people make is not keeping good records of all of your work search activities.

You can lose benefits if the unemployment offices request your log for a past week(s) and you cannot provide it or it does not include required information.

The unemployment office may verify your activities at any time, so always keep a current and accurate record of your weekly work search activities. Keep your work search logs during your benefit year, or for as long as you are receiving unemployment benefits, whichever is longer.

They may request your work search log, for any week or weeks, at any time during your benefit year.

All of the work search information you provide must be true and accurate. Intentionally giving false statements about work search activities constitutes fraud and can result in loss of benefits, overpayments on your claim, and criminal prosecution.

Work Search Log:

Document your activities by including specific details about the work search contact, especially telephone numbers with area codes. Be sure to include:

  • Date of the work search activity
  • What you did (for example: searched for work at a Workforce Solutions office, applied online for a job, participated in a job fair, applied in person for an opening)
  • Type of job you are seeking
  • Employer names, addresses and phone numbers including area codes
  • Name of the person you contacted, if applicable, and the method of contact (for example: mail, e-mail, fax, phone)
  • Result of your activity (for example: submitted a job application, sent a résumé, interviewed, hired, not hired, no reply, other)

Either way, I hope this information helps!

If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask.